Vice-captain of Indian cricket team Rohit Sharma had been celebrating his birthday in the middle of high-octane Indian Premier League seasons over the last 12 years. In the recent past, the special day for the Mumbai Indians captain came as a breather amid the high-pressure situations in the T20 league.
However, in 2020, Rohit Sharma is celebrating his birthday not with his Mumbai Indians teammates but his family as the IPL 2020 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the time away from the competitive action, Rohit Sharma has got a rare opportunity to celebrate his 33rd birthday at home, with wife Ritika Sajdeh and daughter Samaira.
The swashbuckling batsman, who made his international debut in 2007, has been one of the key players for India in the past seven years.
Rohit started his career as a middle-order batsman but in 2013 Champions Trophy, the right-handed batter was given an opportunity to open the innings for India and since then he never looked back.
The Mumbaikar is the only batsman to score three double hundreds in ODIs and four centuries in T20Is.
When it comes to T20 cricket, Rohit is an undisputed champion. The Mumbai Indians skipper is the most successful captain in the IPL with 4 titles, one more than his former captain and India teammate MS Dhoni. It is no surprise that Rohit has drawn comparison with Dhoni when it comes to leading his IPL franchise in the high-voltage T20 league.
Rohit’s dominance is all the more remarkable when taking into account a lacklustre start to his ODI career. The right-handed batsman averaged just 26.10 after his first 25 innings in the format, but as he grew more settled that figure rose to 33.23 by the time he had taken to the middle on 75 occasions.
The trend continued and by the time Rohit had faced up for 150 innings he averaged over 40. Since then his average has continued to grow, reaching 47.39 after 200 innings, and it currently stands at 49.27 after 217 innings.
To hear the views of former international cricketers, Lisa Sthalekar and Simon Doull, on Rohit’s rise in ODIs, be sure to check out the next episode of Cricket Inside Out, in which the panel will further analyse his career. The episode will be released through ICC channels on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube on Friday 1 May.